The United States Olympic uniforms have been unveiled. For the opening ceremonies the athletes will be decked out in red, white, and blue. While the outfits were designed by Ralph Lauren, a prestigious American designer, they are manufactured in China.
Needless to say this has caused outrage throughout the public and government. Senate majority leader Harry Reid was quoted as saying, “I think the Olympic committee should be ashamed of themselves.” People all over the government are not happy with this decision. Steve Israel, a House Democrat, was upset as well and stated “Today there are 600,000 vacant manufacturing jobs in this country and the Olympic committee is outsourcing the manufacturing of uniforms to China?” One member went so far to say that the outfits should be burned and re-made in America.
When new stations reached out to Ralph Lauren and the U.S Olympic Committee, asking why the outfits had not been made in America, the committee made this statement: ““The U.S. Olympic team is privately funded and we’re grateful for the support of our sponsors. We’re proud of our partnership with Ralph Lauren, an iconic American company.”